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FOX
Mar 11, 2011 5:00pm PST
unprecedented. but we first want to begin with images coming out of japan. the death toll is rising. but we don't know exactly how bad it is. because some of the worse hit areas were blocked away or wiped out. sos has been spelled, help is needed over the region. cameras captured the disaster. the 8.9 quake hit hard at 2:46 in the afternoon. the shaking went on for more than two minutes. at an airport, some huddled over the roadway and watched the ceiling crash down. within an hour, a tsunami roared ashore. wiping out farmland in ha matter of seconds. and the at the prefecture you could hear screams. it looked like a movie but it was all real. the buildings devoured by the wave in an instant. a stream of debris flow trapping cars and tearing entire homes away. boats and barges alike battled the incoming waves. which triggered a massive whirlpool. in one submerged neighborhood someone waved a white cloth from their second story window for help. the latest reports say 200 bodies were found along the water line at the closest city from the epicenter: the casualty report is lower than that. 741
FOX
Mar 17, 2011 5:00pm PDT
soon as we get it. >>> top u.s. nuclear officials say it could take days even weeks to get japan's nuclear plant contained. officials have tried to use even water cannons. this is an animated model that shows what could happen to the plume of radiation from that damaged japanese reactor. federal officials say this does not pose a danger but here on the coast, scientists are keeping a watchful eye on that plume. as more people head out of japan into the united states, passengers are coming under new scrutiny as security agents begin screening for radiation. >>> meanwhile, president obama has been trying to reassure americans that we are safe. they don't expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the west coast or any other part of the united states. >> further more the centers of disease control do not recommend the people of the united states take precautionary measures beyond staying informed. >> the president also promised to keep americans up to date on the crisis in japan. >>> the california department of public health today joined with all of the others who were saying that w
FOX
Mar 15, 2011 5:00pm PDT
them. >> the small amount of radiation from japan is diluted into the atmosphere. that no one more than a few miles of the plant is at risk. this afternoon, federal officials said labs advisory center is at this hour actively tracking the plume. they declined to provide details or let me inside today. these pictures are from my most recent visit. the fire, however, is worry. lifting potentially radioactive particles into stronger winds. still, even the much more serious explosive meltdown sickened no one more than 30 miles away. >> it's not the radiation risk, it's an issue. it's really the technology is probably at risk. because of the perception. >> reporter: the perception of risk. i want to show you this website. this is a real time live radiation network recording of radiation levels across the country. you can see the numbers here in the san francisco about 32. the numbers up and down the coast all very low. only until about 130 counts per minute is there any concern. in 53 years, there has never been a single death in the united states from nuclear power accidents. now you s
ABC
Mar 15, 2011 5:00pm EDT
:00 now in japan. i want to direct you to our special earthquake section. at abc2news.com you can find all the latest information on this massive earthquake. then of course to the tsunami. now we're worried about radiation. it's spread from four reactors in the nuclear plant along japan's northeast coast. despite there have been some stories today of success. traffic stretched for miles. as panicked citizens try to flee the area surrounding the stricken fukushima nuclear facility. this man says nobody tells us, the citizens, what is really happening. fire broke out at the reactor number four while an explosion at reactor two prompted fears, cracks in the containment vessel allowed radioactive material to seep out. >> i think we're very close to the point of no return. they are not ready for the eventuality of an uncontrolled breach of containment. >> reporter: the situation is so serious officials did something they had not done up until this point. send most of their workers home. government officials immediately issued instructions, at the height of the exposure alarmingly high
ABC
Mar 14, 2011 5:00pm EDT
devastation in japan. the clean-up continues where aftershocks and possibility of a nuclear meltdown still threatens those in the quake zone. jamie costello has the latest. >> reporter: this is where diane sawyer is going to be reporting at 6:30 live from sendai, a town. i want to show you the before -- i want to bring this out a little. this is the before picture of the town. this is the the after shok. look at this. nothing there. there was nothing there. the death toll is nearly 2,000 from the earthquake and tsunami and there are reports that many bodies washing ashore in the area hardest hit. what you're seeing is an aftershock. the sheer force splitting the road. it's easy to see why these constant aftershocks, 200 since the initial earthquake are prompting concerns about a possible second tsunami. the first was devastating enough. new images capture the catastrophic wall of water rising as high as 30 feet swallowing everything in its path. survivors still can't believe they made it out alive. this man escaped with his family, with the home he lived in for 30 years, it's gone. >> he s
FOX
Mar 22, 2011 5:00pm PDT
say worries about japan, libya and the cost of oil are causing concern. here are today's closing numbers, the dow fell 17 points to close at 12,018. the nasdaq fell eight points to close at 1723. >>> the allies bombarded libyan defense centers rebels pushed back against government forces. today fires continue in the skies of tripoli. in moscow, america's secretary of defense called those claims outright lies. >> the vast majority if not nearly all civilian casualties have been infected by gadhafi. most of our targets virtually all of our targets are isolated, nonpopulated areas. >> the allies suffered their first big loss today when a fighter jet crashed in libya. the two crew members were ejected safely and were rescued by a team of american militants and taken to safety. the f15 that crashed had a $28 million price tag and the allies -- $15 million each. today at a news conference in el salvador says he will cut his latin american trip short by a few hours and head home tomorrow. -- >>> late today gadhafi spoke on libyan state television, mocking the allied attacks. gadhafi spo
ABC
Mar 29, 2011 5:00pm EDT
up. >>> now let's get the latest from japan. the the prime minister says the situation at the fukushima nuclear complex remains unpredictable and the country remains in a state of maximum alert the spread of radiation is raising concerns about the ability of experts to stabilize the crippled reactor complex. the number of dead from the earthquake and tsunami now passed 11,000. >>> the maryland public interest research group says the nuclear crisis in japan is a clear example of why nuclear power isn't worth the risk. the group says there's a history of safety problems at nuclear reactorses in the u.s. according to a new report there have been four serious incidents since 1990 at knew -- knew clier power plants. >>> toyota warns u.s. car dealers to stop ordering placement parts in japan because it's concerned about running out. a list of replacement parts is available that shouldn't be ordered unless the customer needs one for repair. including brake loaders, body panels and shock absorbers, mainly for the prius gas/electric hybrid and hybrid versions of the highlander suv and
ABC
Mar 22, 2011 5:00pm EDT
launching major military operations. >>> to catch up with the latest from japan. officials continue to struggle to control the damaged nuclear plants. jamie costello has more. >> reporter: a reminder, go to abc2news.com and we have our earthquake and tsunami japan page set up for you. we have how you can donate to the american red cross, some of the headlines, but here, the tweets, you can't keep your eyes off it. it just passed over, they are in search of, in japan, 300 interpreters, looking for 300 interpreters, and there's a shortage of medicine for the elderly in japan. the key containment of the nuclear plant is getting the power back on. so cooling systems can be turned back on today in japan. at the fukushima nuclear power plant a pool of spent fuel rods in reactor 2 that had been close to the boiling point earlier now appears to be cooling producing fears more nuclear steam could be released. workers managed to reconnect all six damaged reactors there to the power grid. >> they are not turning on the pumps yet. the media gets it wrong. they connected the wires to the pumps b
FOX
Mar 18, 2011 5:00pm PDT
ktvu.com. >>> now to the crisis in japan. japanese engineers said today the only way to avert a radio active catastrophe might be to bury the reactor in sand and concrete. the suggestion came as the japanese government raised the crisis to a level five. that is equivalent to when the core partially melted down at 3- mile island in 1979. some see the idea of burying the reactor as a sign that peace meal steps such as dumping water on the plant are not working. >>> this afternoon radiation from that crippled nuclear plant was detected thousands of miles away in sacramento. but the amount of radiation here is said to be so small it causes no health threat. ktvu's john fowler live where scientists are also trying to pick up signal. >> reporter: in the last hours, they've told me minute of the two isotopes have been found here in the bay area. now, they are at levels vastly lower than can be detected by ordinary detectors like this. this is registering normal background about 1.5. that's low actually normally. these new detections are at levels 100s of thousands of times too small to
FOX
Mar 27, 2011 5:00pm PDT
near a damaged power plant in japan. is getting worse. >>> and yemen's president recalls calls to step down in spite of his own promises to quit. more on in the latest turmoil if the middle east. >>> be prepared to pay more when you go shopping if the bay area. sales taxes will go up on friday in several communities. the tax hike may trigger some short-term sales for bay area businesses. >> reporter: every dollar counters when you're buying big ticket items, and so when you talk about a sales tax increase, some consumers may be persuaded to hurry up and buy before it goes into place. >> some will rationalize buying things now to save that 1% and so i think there will be some sneaking in purchases, and it wouldn't be a bad idea to be aware of that. p.m. >> reporter: the hike will go into effect on april 1st in several bay area cities. that means sales tax rates at 10% or higher. a consumer psychologist says that there will be a long-term effect on spending. >> you know, that 10% mark is really a threshold for consumers, and once it tops 10%, i think it will affect their spending, a
ABC
Mar 17, 2011 5:00pm EDT
surgery. >>> and in and out latest developments out of japan tonight. the u.s. said it could take weeks to bring the japanese nuclear complex under control. but there's no danger from leaking radiation to the western united states or specific territories right now. u.s. officials are defending their 50-mile evacuation zone for american troops and citizens in japan. the first evacuation flight of u.s. citizens left japan this afternoon. >>> a group of pastors in georgia are making a pretty big sacrifice for lent. the men are not just giving up red meat, they are eating easy to ship rice and protein based food. pastor nathaniel long has been appalled to what those give in a disaster. >> most of the time you collect foods for disasters and as a pastor, i'm appalled that folks are getting stuff that they don't want to eat. >> you start taking smaller and smaller bites trying to make it last longer. a cup and a half doesn't look like much, but it fills you up. >> pastors have been on this for five days. the real goal is to help others. the men want to spread awareness about stopping hunger n
ABC
Mar 23, 2011 5:00pm EDT
failure. jamie costello abc2 news. >>> to our continuing coverage of japan. there have been several setbacks at the country's nuclear power plant. all this while the drinking water in tokyo has been deemed unsafe for infants. tests of the tap water show radiation at two times the limit of what's safe. the water department warned that infants especially should not drink that public water. the government is asking residents not to hoard the bottled water. >> the big risk here is to nursing women, pregnant women and the infants. so if you're using it in adults where the risk is much lower you're going to run out. you don't want to mix up formula with this water. you don't want nursing women to have this water. >> to the nuclear crisis more smoke poured out of the nuclear plant and work at the number the reactor has been stopped. fda is blocking all martin luther king, jr. products fruits and vegetables coming into the u. s. from japan not even sending them through the radiation screening process. >>> a christian church in japan is pitching in to help a member of the grace baptist churc
FOX
Mar 30, 2011 5:00pm PDT
is a major release later. >> in japan today, new radiation tests near the nuclear power plant show a much greater level of contamination and the plant's owners are issuing an apology. >> we want to apologize from the bottom of our hearts for the fact that the effects of this serious accident have spread to the atmosphere, waterways, farm products, and drinking water. >> sea water outside the plant contains the highest levels of contamination since the crisis began. it's more than three times the legal limit of radioactive iodine. >> we need to be vigilant and we have to make further efforts. >> unlikely to build up significantly in fish. meanwhile, many japanese citizens have moved away from that contaminated reactor. today the emperor and empress visited tokyo. they asked the agency if japanese citizens should be evacuated farther away from the plant. he would advise japan to carefully assess the situation. >>> federal regulators tried to reassure about the safety of nuclear power plants here in america. one senator asked the head of the nuclear regulatory commission if any u.s. pla
ABC
Mar 9, 2011 5:00pm EST
atlantis and endeavor. kevin oliver for abc news. >>> a 7.2 magnitude earthquake shakes up japan, it even triggered a small tsunami. no reports of damages or injuries. now the quake did cause buildings to sway in tokyo, which is about 260 miles southwest of the quake's epicenter. according to reports, the shaking lasted for as long as 3 minutes. >>> to severe weather pounding the atlantic cold front. people from delaware to massachusetts are dealing with floods after getting hit with snow then rain. they are bracing for more wet weather tonight. the hardest hit may be new jersey where leaders have already declared a state of emergency. >> i think the problem is the rain, snow melt, the dam up river. it never used to get this bad. >> in connecticut firefighters used boats to rescue stranded people from the rising waters. meteorologists are calling for yet another round of rain tonight just after rivers crest from these last storms. >>> all right. let's get into it. we've got multiple flood watches upstate wide where you see these enhanced green shaded counties this is a flood watch and coa
FOX
Mar 21, 2011 5:00pm PDT
. >>> the prime minister of japan said today that he can see "the light at the end of the tunnel you can but efforts to save -- but efforts to save a nuclear power plant had a setback. one will require a three-day repair job and workers had to clear out after smoke appeared. they say despite the scares there appears to be no further damage. >> number 3 had gray smoke coming out of it. the source of the smoke is unknown. although there's indication there's been no increase in temperature or in radioactivity. >> 415,000 people are living in emergency shelters in japan. but human tearian groups are -- humanitarian groups are helping those. they believe the death toll in japan will top 18,000. >> the top usgs official said japan's warning system may have saved lives in japan. it gave people time to take action. >> that's enough time to slow the bullet trains, get people under desks, to -- to have an operating room, have the -- doctor the -- have the doctor pull the knife back. there's a number of things you can do in that short amount of time. >> funding to develop a similar system for t
FOX
Mar 16, 2011 5:00pm PDT
days or weeks before we know. >> the u.s. department of energy specialisterize now in japan. and berkeley-nuclear engineer are installing a radiation detector on campus although they insist there is no radiation problem here. john fowler, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> the earthquake damaged the nuclear reactors in japan is raising eyes about california's nuclear reactors. ktvu's mike mibach is in san francisco with what he learned. >> reporter: right here outside of pg&e headquarters, one of the power plants. tonight in this earthquake prone state they are calling for more studdies. >> reporter: california's nuclear power plant, today images from the filt near sacramento closed in 1989. officials say nuclear fuel remains on site. >> a small amount measurables. >> reporter: the nuclear power plant creates 15% of the state's electricity. it's designed to with stand a 5.5 magnitude quake. >> the structure where we pull in ocean cooling water for the cooling source is designed to with stand a tsunami up to 45 feet. >>> fault was detected a half mile away from the plant. >> we along with t
FOX
Mar 24, 2011 5:00pm PDT
doing it now and stop wasting our time. >> reporter: also reaction of the japan troubled nuclear plant caused the closure of a local nuclear power plant. >> let what is happening in japan be a lesson. >> reporter: ktvu channel 2 news. >>> in japan tonight another set back for the crews at the damaged nuclear power plant. two workers were rushed to the hospital after stepping into radiation standing water. the two were standing on a floor near the number three reactor. a third worker was also exposed to radiation but did not require any treatment. >>> off the coast of japan, more than 300 military personnel helped scrub down the u.s.s. ronald reagan. navy officials say the carrier, crew and all aircraft will be rechecked for radiation after the clean up. >>> in tokyo, people are still stocking up on bottled water despite better news today about the water quality. but the governor of tokyo said the government will continue to distribute water for children to drink just in case. >>> a strong earthquake shoot parts of north asian today. near the borders with thailand and laos. some p
FOX
Mar 14, 2011 5:00pm PDT
earthquake. >> it's been problematic. >> reporter: a main concern in japan is power. with the destruction to the power lines, the companies are concerned about blackouts. so they decided to do rolling black outs through the rest of the month on a daily basis. what they have told us, there are 23 wards that will not be effected. we understand from our taxi driver, that some of the major companies have shut down for the day, even though it's monday. >> reporter: put on the television news reports where there have been breaking news from the power companies. but i wanted to show you one thing, since we arrived here, we have experienced some 2, 3 aftershocks and it's rocked the hotel room. i was in the middle of an interview and it was rocking the building. i wanted to show you the cell phone that i got has an earthquake setting and when i set that, as soon as i got here it started ringing like crazy. just seconds before the aftershock. it's really been an uneasy situation here for people in tokyo because here we are days after and you are still feeling the shakes. >> you mentione
ABC
Mar 25, 2011 5:00pm EDT
is the 12th largest ever. >>> the nuclear disaster in japan has gotten worse. there's a major breach and we'll tell you the advice that the japanese leaders are telling the citizens. >>> and some are calling it a superbug, it's a drug resistant bacteria causing concerns for doctors. [ sneezes ] allergies? you think i have allergies? you're sneezing. i'm allergic to you. doubtful, you love me. hey, you can't take allegra with fruit juice. what? yeah, it's on the label. really? here, there's nothing about juice on the zyrtec® label. what? labels are meant to be read. i'd be lost without you. i knew you weren't allergic to me. [ sneezes ] you know, you can't take allegra with orange juice. both: really? fyi. [ male announcer ] get zyrtec®'s proven allergy relief and love the air®. including the 2011 jetta. awesome. plus it's an iihs top safety pick. even better. but they're going fast. so, i guess this is where you tell me i got to hurry or it's gone right? yep. going going gone. get it? it's funny. [ male announcer ] the volkswagen going going gone event. hurry in, and for a limited
FOX
Mar 13, 2011 5:00pm PDT
. >>> death and devastation in japan after that monster earthquake and tsunami. as many as 10,000 people are now feared dead. >>> the clean-up at the tsunami- damaged santa cruz harbor is expected to last for days and we'll show you what salvage crews are facing tonight. >>> off-track, big problem for b.a.r.t. riders and the situation fixed in time for the morning commute. >>> complete bay area news coverage starts right now. this is kutv channel 2 news at 5:00. >>> b.a.r.t. is using buss for shuttle passengers between the pleasant hill and pittsburg-bay point station. kutv's john sasaki has been talking to bart officials will the problem and the solution. john. >> reporter: heather, we're standing outside the concord b.a.r.t. station and look up there and you can see what is still a twisted mess. almost nine hours after this train derailed. although we just learned that crane is too small for this job, so i so a bigger one must be brought in. three people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. a san francisco-bound b.a.r.t. train derailed at 9:20 this morning giving 65 p
ABC
Mar 11, 2011 5:00pm EST
were washed away. they fear that the death toll will rise. >>> devastation in japan. the biggest earthquake in that country's history erupted and triggered an enormous tsunami. it carried away ships and homes and triggered fire -- fires. officials are afraid that the death toll could climb very high. we're live with the latest. >> reporter: good evening, this defense -- defense stating earthquake -- this devastating earthquake was actually an aftershock. >> reporter: it hit at 2:46 local time in the middle of a busy workday. it was a monster earthquake. >> this is the 5th largest to be recorded since the beginning of the 20th century. >> reporter: this was in a local government office in the city of sendai. this was a local air terminal where the ceiling collapsed. hundreds of miles away in tokyo, hundreds were trapped as the city shook. this man explained the terror. >> i don't know if i can get down the stairs. i could die here. >> reporter: for those by the coast, the worst was yet to come, a tsunami triggered by the quake. hundreds and perhaps thousands have been killed. boat
ABC
Mar 16, 2011 5:00pm EDT
devastation in japan. officials have temporarily pulled workers from one of the plants fearing for the workers who have stayed beyond to try to save their country. jimmy joins us live from our interactive newscenter with the latest. >> i will direct you to our website right now as we follow the latest development out of japan. on this special section, we have the american red cross, youtube video, the crisis, but the tweets that we are getting, you just cannot take your eyes off of it. it's very interesting. it has been coming in from like ryan seacrest, starbuck is donating. you have to be very careful because some of these are very opinionated. again, read that. now let's get to the news of the day over in japan. let's roll the story. >>reporter: a fire broke out at reactor number 4 for the second time in 24 hours sending radiation levels soaring. you can see a big hole in the reactor, large portions collapsed. and there may now be damage to all three containment vessels meant to prevent the radiation from escaping. >> we may have to bury these reactors and concrete justly -- just li
FOX
Mar 20, 2011 5:00pm PDT
japan's damaged nuclear reactor. >> complete bay area news coverage starts right now. this is k tvu channel 2news at five. >> good evening. i'm ken wayne. >> i'm heather holmes. it was a soggy ending to another bay area winter as a powerful storm moved through last flight with winds strong enough to bring down trees. >> reporter: you talked act the trees this is one of them. you can see this tree came down and left this giant crater in the driveway of this house. you can see a little bit of pipe. that is part of the gas line to this home and that gas line and that break prompted a three hour evacuation in this neighborhood. this morning crews from berkeley started clearing this pine tree that came crashing down at about 10:40 last night, noah lives just across the street. >> we were watching the tv. we thought it was thunder but we didn't see lightning. my daughter said some tree landed on us. >> reporter: tree pulled the gas line out of the meter sending a cloud into the neighborhood. >> then the police came and knocking on the door and saying that people have to evacuate gas leak
FOX
Mar 29, 2011 5:00pm PDT
catastrophe in japan they are keeping a very close eye on america's nuclear facilities. >> review of this information combined with our ongoing inspection and licensing over sight, allow us to say with confidence that the u.s. plants continue to operate safely. >>> nuclear officials told the senate economy they are review u.s. plan particularly the ability to protect against natural disaster and power outages. as for japan, one expert predicted recovery will be slow. >> long term cooling of the reactors and pools is essential during this period and has not been adequately restored to date to the best of my knowledge. a massive clean up operation obviously remains for the future. >> reporter: in japan today, the operator of the damaged plant says that crews are struggling to pour water to cool the reactor. the death toll has been raised to 11,000. and they say they expect to rise as high as 18,000. >>> u.s. nuclear plants have had a number of close calls. the u.s. public interest group says since 1990, federal regulators have found eight instances. in 2002 an acid leak in a plant in ohio a
ABC
Mar 21, 2011 5:00pm EDT
japan. workers are struggling to bring the nuclear plant under control. the u.s. commission said they may be getting closer. jamie costello has the latest. >> reporter: crews from the plant continue to work to restore electricity to the cooling system. >> reporter: it appears that japan caught a break earlier today. >> the source of the smoke is unknown. there's no increase in temperature and radioactivity. >> reporter: there's progress. high voltage power is reconnected making it possible to restart the cooling system. the job of preventing another meltdown is far from over. >> it continues to be very serious. >> reporter: more than 13,000 are reported missing since the earthquake and tsunami 11 days ago. this man discovered the body of his wife. >> at least the body is found. >> reporter: he's still looking for his spouse. she believes her husband is safe somewhere, but she's afraid he could be suffering. there's concern over radiation that's leaked into the food supply. the world health organization says that leafy vegetables and milk could be unsafe and they're calling on japan to
ABC
Mar 18, 2011 5:00pm EDT
. >> reporter: japan's prime minister acknowledged, it's the worst disaster in the nation's history. however, he urged his people to carry on, saying, we cannot let ourselves be overcome by this quake and tsunami. abc news. >>> a south florida inventor is donating hi-tech gear. more than 200 safety suits are in the country already. the safety suits are in high demand. they're made of a special material called demron. the company, radiation shield technology is working to manufacture all of the orders coming in from companies. >>> nissan is scanning vehicles for traces of radioactive materials. there's no risk of contaminations and no health risks to customers. the testing began because of public concerns. several facilities are suspended. >>> well, for the first time since the quake hit in japan, we're able to hear the earthquake. listen to this. [mumbling sound] >>> that was captured by underwater radios. >>> this man turned to coroner and he could see a wall of water. he had no choice but to keep driving. the water was more than 6 feet high. he managed to escape. >> the big story
ABC
Mar 24, 2011 5:00pm EDT
. >>> now, for more in japan. tokyo is wrestling with fares of water taps. japanese officials warned people not to drink the water after test results showed levels that shot up above safe levels. there's an isotope in the water known to cause cancer. restrictions were then lifted. the governor says that the water is safe. he drank an entire glass. meanwhile, two firefighters were rush to the hospital with radiation burns on their hands and their feet. >> these workers had contact with highly radioactive water and feet and touching their skin. they'll come down with radiation burns. some of them may not come out of this accident alive. >> even happy occasions are marked by mourning. students here were solemn and the graduation was held at a hard hit area. all students survived. >>> an expressway in japan connecting tokyo and the quake stricken north east has reopened. at first, only emergency vehicles were allowed to travel, now, late today, the ban was lifted and also, express bus services between the airport and some other cities has resumed. >>> well, nearly 100 years ago, tokyo ga
ABC
Mar 28, 2011 5:00pm EDT
bin. >>> now the latest developments from japan. officials stress there's no threat to the public after traces of plutonium were found in the soil outside the crippled nuclear reactor. plutonium is a key ingredient in nuclear weapons. it's also present in the fuel used at the complex which has been leaking radiation for more than two weeks. workers also found new pools of radioactive water leaking from that plant. >>> it was 32 years ago today that the worst nuclear disaster in the u.s. history happened in pennsylvania. the core of the three mile island nuclear plant, 10 miles south of harrisburg had a partial meltdown. when the crisis ended five days later relatively small amounts of radiation escaped from the plant. there was no immediate threat but the accident had a huge impact on the nuclear industry leading to more stringent standards. the accident is marked by a vigil each year and this year, as you would imagine, dedicated to the victims of japan's earthquake and tsunami. >>> as we continue to watch what is happening in japan the nuclear regulatory commission says harmful
FOX
Mar 23, 2011 5:00pm PDT
. >>> issuing a warning in japan about the tap water there. the levels are about two times the recommended limit for infants. parents are being told not to give tap water to babies in tokyo. radio active iodine can cause thyroid cancer. health officials say the current radiation level is not a danger for adults. >>> japan's government tonight says the cost of the earthquake and tsunami could reach $309 billion making it the most expensive natural disaster in history. the death toll tonight continues to rise with more than 9400 bodies recovered and more than 14,700 people listed as missing. >>> we first reported on this yesterday. the united states has now become the first country to ban food imports from the areas closest to japan's damaged nuclear power plants. the food and drug administration says the ban includes milk, vegetables and fruits. another concern for some consumers is the safety of sushi and fish caught in the pacific but some food experts say you don't have to worry. >> the fish that is here is probably coming out of the pacific where any radiation would have been well dilut
FOX
Mar 28, 2011 5:00pm PDT
6:00. it left many land slides behind. xxxiv >>> another frightening discovery at japan's nuclear power plant, plutonium has been found at the fukushima dai-ichi nuclear power plant. this could mean a turn for the worst. >> it has gotten out, either in the water or from a reactor core breach. it's not a good development. >> officials say water in a tunnel near the plant was found to contain radiation at 100,000 times normal levels. high levels were also discovered in sea water. the list of u.s. states reporting race amounts are growing with maryland and south carolina on the list. we should make it clear, that experts say the levels are so small they pose no threat. coming up, the latest on the impact here in the bay area. >> several genotype from a sworm of minor earthquakes. four earthquake struck near the geysers. according to the usgs the smallest was 1.0. no reports of injuries or damage. >>> the california public utilities commission held a hearing today to see if pg&e was in contempt. pg&e officials testified why they should not be held in contempt. if they vote to hold pg&
FOX
Mar 25, 2011 5:00pm PDT
right back after this short break. >>> today the prime minister of japan said the situation at the damaged nuclear reactors is grave and maybe worse than first thought. there maybe a breech in the core of reactor unit three raising fears of more radiation leaks. crews also found water that is ten thousand times more radio active than normal. people who live around the facility have been told to stay indoors or move to other areas. >>> two weeks after the earthquake and tsunami hit japan the death toll has now hit 10,000. that number will most likely go much higher because 17,000 are still missing and hundreds of thousands of people who lost their homes still have no power or hot meals. >>> today the first cargo ship arrived at the port of oakland. ktvu consumer editor tom vacar is at the port port of oakland where that ship is unloading. >> reporter: you will see the korea, it arrived today and some people wonder is this black ship radio active? after leaving yokashama it quickly arrived in oakland. people at the port are not concerned. >> it doesn't raise concern for me. i think i
ABC
Mar 31, 2011 5:00pm EDT
couple's sex life. >>> the nuclear crisis in japan is weighing concerns about the food supply. more on the scare that has shoppers confused about what is really safe to eat. >>> and groupon. you know the special coupons, if you aren't careful, you could spend more than you thought that. story ahead and much more on abc2 news at 5:30. 3q sam higgins... you have frequent heartburn, right ? yeah, it flares up a few days a week. well, we're the two active ingredients in zegerid otc. i'm omeprazole, the leading prescription heartburn medicine. and i'm sodium bicarbonate. i protect him from stomach acid so he can get to work. look, guys, i've already tried a lot of stuff. wow. with zegerid otc, you get 24-hour relief. so, this is goodbye heartburn ? gone. finito. zegerid otc. two ingredients... ...one mission. heartburn solved. >>> now abc2 news at 5:30. >>> it's opening day for baseball around the world, but japanese players are taking an extended offseason to help others out. and a local school is in the national spotlight. why randallstown high has major bragging rights tonight. >>> and g
FOX
Mar 4, 2011 5:00pm PST
archologists say fishing ships may have settled from japan to the bay of california. >>> this is not a rain event all weekend long; there will be some dry windows we'll try to highlight those for you. we do have higher clouds moving into the bay area. partly to mostly cloudy skies. as far as rainfall, nothing to show you right now in the bay area. we have to go to the north, right around the california oregon border. but that rain coverage will be on the increase. it was very warm out there today. remember just last week at this time we had temperatures only in the mid-40s, they were worried about snow levels to base clown sea level. tonight a completely different story with readings up to the 50s. a few upper 60s on here. they warmed up to # 0 degrees by afternoon. we do have this, high clouds lows will be in the 40s for this weekend rainfall. especially for late saturday. we're going to hold on to showers on sunday. the extended forecast still partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures. so far on the satellite you can see the clouds approaching the north coast and just a limited rainf
ABC
Mar 11, 2011 5:00pm PST
that brought much of japan to a stand still. >> the government declared a part of tokyo. >> and five nuclear reactors now in trouble. earlier one reactor was causing concern, but now states of emergency have been declared in others. and there is a cooler system knocked out as well. the united states is rushing in generators to help with the power loss. radiation levels outside one plant are surging and are eight times the normal level. pressure is also and the plant is releasing slilgtly radio active vapors in the hope of averting a possible full on melt down. but it's a serious situation. >> and all right. we want to move on now. we -- the coast guard is searching for a man swept out to sea near crescent city before we get to that. and there is a state of emergency having been declared in santa cruz harbor. there is video now just moments ago. and this is how fast that is going. and and several officials were advising the public to evacuate. governor brown declared an emergency for four california counties. the earthquake tsunami brought surging water to san mateo and jant cruz
ABC
Mar 21, 2011 5:00pm PDT
damaged nuclear power plant in japan. the plant operators hope to restart the cooling system to bring this under control. a cloud of smoke rose from two buildings at the plant. officials say there is no increase in temperatures or radiation levels. japan suspended shipments of mill skpk other leafy vegetables after authorities detected radiation exceeding the limit in producing. >> governor brown took a message to you tube, urging voters to appeal to state representatives to vote for the plan. >> this is a matter of we the people taking charge, and voting on the most-fundamentallal matter that's affect all of our lives. so let me know. let legislatures know. would you like a chance to cast this vote? or would you feel it's appropriate to shut out the people of california? >> last week lawmakers agreed to millions in spending cuts but brown st not have enough republican support, needs two republican votes in each house and so far, republicans are not budging. >> we're focusing on rebuilding california's economy. and getting it started. that is nothing to do with what they've passed to
ABC
Mar 14, 2011 5:00pm PDT
japanese industries. central bank in japan pumped $184 million in money markets. >> the nuclear plant is raising questions after that third explosion. abc 7's mark matthews is here with details. mark? >> reporter: nuclear engineers are telling me it's good news the plant is holding together as well as it is, considering the earthquake was much bigger than what reactors were designed to withstand. but still a quarter million people living near the plant have been evacuated. after the earthquake and tsunami, the world is watching another phone shall disaster. a second explosion at the plant that rat yeld officials at the white house, raising fears of a massive melt down. >> at this moment it's important that all of us join together providing help that we can in days and months still to come. >> japan has now asked for that help, and insisting they're handling it. >> this is under control. but we have to watch out. >> two reactors had partial melt downs. the hot nuclear core said to be intact. but with no electricity, japanese are pumping in sea water, flooding containment housing. >> i thi
ABC
Mar 15, 2011 5:00pm PDT
. diana alviar, abc news, japan. >> and another concern in japan, a serious shortage of food, water and fuel in the areas devastated by the quake and tsunami. officials put the death toll at 3300. they fully expect it to top 10,000. at this point, more than 450,000 people are living in temporary shelters. emergency teams from around the world are in the region right now assisting in the search and rescue effort. so far though, they have found no signs of life. >>> japan's nuclear issues raise the issue of how well california's plants could deal with a earthquake. they have two nuclear power plants. one in san diego and one in san louis obispo. both are considered extremely vulnerable to major quakes because they are on the coast line where a number of faults are located. just days before the japan quake, ten state lawmakers sent a letter to the u.s. department of energy detailing their concerns. governor brown said today the government needs to take a bigger role regulating the state's nuclear activity. >> where is the best place to site a nuclear power reactor? and that means a governm
ABC
Mar 18, 2011 5:00pm PDT
nuclear engineers showed why it's impossible for fuel rods in japan to catch on fire. this is a piece just like those found in japanese reactor cords. hotter than it could ever get inside of the core. and if this burnt, nuclear fuel would send huge amounts of radioactive part cells into the atmosphere. >> worse to have it on fire. the fire, smoke becomes a way to spread material inside. >> the test proved the rods, while suffering some damage works not catch on fire. and there is another layer of protection, pools of water and chernyobl had graphite autographite and coal can burn violent f you have a fire this is distributing radioactive part cell autos japanese reactors, if the water cooled and moderated core. there is nothing burned in there. >> the results of the water samples gathered today will take days for them to analyze. they should be in next week. >> and red cross says it's collected $64 million in donations for victims in japan. $2 million coming in through text donations from cell phones, today, senator boxer called on p pps to send those donations to the relief organizat
ABC
Mar 17, 2011 5:00pm PDT
japan should continue to monitor situations and follow guidance of the u.s. and japanese governments. >> inside of the plant 180 workers at great right after this tok their lives are being reroe tated in and out of the danger zone. outside thousands are being evacuated. >> the government told us we're safe, this man says, so for this to have happened i'm shocked. the u.s. state department's first chartered plane left japan, they're trying to bust 600 americans from sendai, unable to leave because of damage, and blocked roads. >> and an idaho man in the plant when the quake hit is sharing his story. chris hope, seen here on the right is now home, safe and friday he was at the plant. he says cracks appeared in the building and doors just would not open. and co-workers made it outside. >> cracks were opening at the ground. i looked and glass is breaking. lights. sirens. people screaming. >> the group headed uphill to a meeting spot missing the tsunami by minutes. he spent two minutes in a camp. then used back roads to make it to the tokyo airport in a flight home to his family, again. >
ABC
Mar 16, 2011 5:00pm PDT
insist the reactor is stable. as the nuclear crisis plays out, the search continues along coastal japan for survivors of the 9.0 quake and monster tsunami. volunteer fire fighter has been working day and night. he returned home for the first time since the disaster. >> my wife, my son's family and my grandchildren. i lost them all. >> there may be damage to all three vessels at the plant. and the uranium may be melting down. u.s. orders all americans living within 50 miles to evacuate. four times larger than the area officials deemed safe. >> it's not about the quality of information but standards set by the nuclear regulatory commission here in the united states. and the kind of advice it could be giving should this happen in the united states. >> the last resort to manage this crisis would to be bury the reactor and 5,000 tons of concrete like was done at the chernyobl melt down. >> financial markets plunging over the crisis, stocks erased nearly all gains for the year. the dow fell about 2% of the value today. worst drop since last august. the nasdaq and s and p are also down. market
ABC
Mar 22, 2011 5:00pm PDT
were injured or killed no. pets were hurt. no live stock is hurt. >> let's take a look at japan. they have earthquake and tsunami and radiation. and what would you rather this? >> this afternoon residents began cutting what may become one if the county approves. the county bigs two weeks before clearing the main road above. and with rain coming this, work today is a race against time. >> worst case this is a fire fire break for the summer. >> and there is a live picture of the shid. a representative looked at the road but haven't passed judgment whether cars will be able to go through there or not. there is another point clarified is that they said two weeks work. the county will take a look at that slide, and he wants to map out where the problem zones are and to find out how stable it s indications are that it is not stable, and they won't begin work until it is stable. the rain storms coming, stability will take a while. abc 7 news. >> wayne, massive job there. thank you very much. jand patel is here on a look at what we can suspect with the next series of storms. >> there is
ABC
Mar 25, 2011 5:00pm PDT
have that story. >> closed captioning brought to you by mancini sleepworld. >>> japan's crippled power plant perhaps had its bigger breech yet. and workers had to be rush forward medical treatment. and there is now fear if workers have to abandon the plant a full scale melt down will occur. >> once evacuated they'll melt downs are inevidentable at three sites leading to a tragedy that is far beyond that of chern yobl. >> sailors on uss ronald reagan have washed down the deck of the carrier. >> and there is a new study linking anemia to post menopausal women to poor nutrition. this is whit looks enough red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body finding post menopausal women have a 21% greater risk of anemia if they didn't get enough iron, folate or red meat in their diets. >> and he was one of the influential clothing designers of the 20th century bringing the style of spain to everyone who wore his designs. now a major retrospective of balenciaga's work opens up at the deyoung museum. >> he was a legendary designer, perhaps the most influential of the 20th century. he and spai
CBS
Mar 14, 2011 5:00pm PDT
devastated japan's coast. rescue crews continued to search through the wreckage. entire neighborhoods have been wiped out and in one town a ship was on top of a building. home owners trying to pick up the pieces aren't sure where to begin. >> i don't have money or anything. everything is broken. >> reporter: the united nations is helping to coordinate disaster relief. millions are without food and water and aid workers are having trouble getting through because of the damage. in oakland in a what,okinawa, marines helped people have to stand in line for help. in many towns with grocery stores the shelves are emptying out. in areas into your the nuclear power plants, authorities are checking radiation levels. many cities are without electricity because the reactors are offline, which means millions will have to spend another night in the cold. randall pinkston, cbs news, new york. >>> four days after that earthquake triggered the tsunami, some new video shows the moment it hit. amateur video shows this wall of water pushing into a narrow bay lifting these boats right over the seawall. t
CBS
Mar 16, 2011 5:00pm PDT
city council held a moment of silence for the victims in japan. the u.n. is helping to coordinate the relief efforts sending in aid and rescue crews from around the world. in the town of okinahu, british and american rescue crews are searching for survivors. >> hello, can you hear me? make a noise. >> trying to access underneath what you can see. very, very difficult conditions. chances of survive val are small. >> reporter: crews continue to recover bodies from the wreckage. many times family is there to mourn loved ones. randall pinkston, cbs news, the u.n. >>> the pentagon is saying military pilots cannot go within 50 miles of the reactor and pilots flying within 70 miles are taking potassium iodide tablets. >>> amid fresh fears of radiation, governments across the world are urging their people to leave tokyo as soon as possible. so far, germany, britain, australia and france have all told their citizens to evacuate. americans are not being told to leave the country yet, though. the white house is monitoring the situation. those leaving tokyo say uncertainty about the nuclear emerg
CBS
Mar 15, 2011 5:00pm PDT
high possibility of a landslide. >> the nuclear crisis in japan has touched off a scramble for potassium iodide in the bay area. the pills can prevent some radiation damage but there are mixed messages tonight on their usage. the u.s. surgeon general on a bay area tour suggested that it would be a good idea to stockpile the pills, quote, as a precaution. state officials say just the opposite. simon perez is live in berkeley, where the iodide pills and anything like them are in short supply. simon. >> reporter: elizabeth, certainly a lot of people here in the bay area worried about radioactive material coming from japan across the pacific to the united states. right now the experts say don't worry about it too much. but still, people are buying whatever they can to keep them safe. >> people are terrified. that's what i think, including myself. >> reporter: and that fear has led to this, empty shelves at pharmacies and grocery stores across the bay area of iodine- related products. >> all kinds of stores looking for it and can't find t other stores are calling us to see if we hav
CBS
Mar 22, 2011 5:00pm PDT
, gone but the memories of japan's quake still fresh on their minds. >> everybody was falling over. it was that strong. and it was just -- it felt like the earth was changing, like the earth was ending. >> evacuated americans make it back home. what some saw right before they left. >> drivers off the hook. how one man's fight against red light cameras is saving a lot of people from getting tickets. >>> and singer chris brown loses his cool. the interview that caused him to flip out and smash a window. ,,,,,,,,,, all options" in response to the stepped up violence against >>> tonight the u.s. military is w it's considering all options in response -- is warning it's considering all options in response to violence in misurata, libya. this video reportedly shows an attack on civilians, not clear if anybody was hurt in the blast but meanwhile nato forces launched more air strikes on government and military targets today and also today, president obama said the four-day air assault will soon achieve the objectives of the no-fly zone. he also said the united states will hand off control of th
CBS
Mar 29, 2011 5:00pm PDT
giambi a superstar for the as and yankees who met anderson during an all-star trip to japan with bonds. jet stream buy says he mailed him -- giambi says he mailed him drugs, the cream and the clear, and said they wouldn't show on a test and would have steroid like properties. jason referred anderson to his brother jeremy also a major leaguer who also received the cream and the clear. jeremy testified anderson had some access to performance- enhancing drugs and thought it would be a good to use them. all that implies but obviously doesn't prove that barry bonds knowingly took steroids he got from anderson. a point made by bonds' attorney. san francisco giants trainer stan conte also took the stand. he talked about changes he saw in bonds in 1999 and 2000. his muscles got bigger in my opinion. i guess i'd use the word significant. interestingly, giants management was also concerned about bonds' weight. the team sent this chart to bonds' agent in 2000. look at how bonds' weight goes up from 1998 in the first column to 2000 in the third column. over that span, bonds put on about 15 p
CBS
Mar 11, 2011 5:00pm PST
-- because people had seen what happened in japan. they knew the result of that kind of earthquake could create a tsunami so they were getting calls to get away from the coast and get to higher ground and safety. reporting live from in half moon bay, back to you. >>> it's just after 10:00 saturday morning in japan. emergency teams are working to get a handle on the scale of the destruction brought on by this massive quake and the resulting tsunami. hundreds, if not thousands of people, are dead. hundreds of people are still missing. as they survey this damage, fires are burning up and down a 1300-mile stretch of the coastline. the massive tsunami swallowed entire villages on japan's northeast coast and left others burning through the night. the 23-foot wave triggered by the largest earthquake ever recorded in japan, swept away cars, boats and buildings. in one coastal town alone, 1800 houses were destroyed or badly damaged. police in sendai have already counted 300 bodies. hundreds more are missing. the 8.9 magnitude quake centered about 240 miles northeast of tokyo. it hit just before 3
CBS
Mar 7, 2011 5:00pm PST
, like, help, you know, point out where people live. >> you have to look at japan, the highest area for local calls, if your rate is going to go up or down. >> yeah, once 669 rolls out you are going to have to dial 10 digits even if it's a local call. not since hurricane katrina since 2005 have gas prices shot up so quickly. a gallon of regular unleaded $3.51, 03 cents higher than it was two weeks ago. in emeryville the 76 station is selling regular gas for $3.93. the dramatic rise being driven of course by turmoil in libya. emergency measures to bring the gas prices down, the obama administration is moving towards tapping the strategic reserve to ease the fuel prices and that's something else that hasn't happened since 2005. >>> well are you looking for ways to cut your costs? you might want to start with a car loan. julie watts on the consumer watch explains how the trend in refi is going beyond new loans. >> reporter: when jessie we've bought this used accura he had no complaints. >> 4.99%, no money down, so that seemed pretty good to me. >> reporter: and it was. until he found an ev
CBS
Mar 21, 2011 5:00pm PDT
his compound in tripoli. >>> in japan, more than a week after the devastating 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, more trouble, smoke from two of the reactors forced another evasionation and forced a stop to repair work going on. radiation in the food supply is raising concerns. female living in a veg near the plant, they have now been warned not to drink their tap water. new estimates put the number of dead at more than 18,000 eventually. that damage expected to top $200 billion. >>> house minority leader nancy pelosi is back on track after a medical scare. pelosi was hospitalised briefly in rome this morning. her office says she wasn't feeling well following a weekend trip to afghanistan and a long flight back to italy. she was released this afternoon and resumed her scheduled talks. the democratic leader turns 71 this week. >>> coming up, switching gears, new rules for children in car seats. why parents may have a hard time convincing some of their older kids on the new way they need to buckle up. >>> reservoir levels are up but when is it too much of a good thing? what water managers
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